18 July 2019

Greater China

  • China has begun certification for 5G handsets as phone makers and telecom operators gear up for commercial launch of new-generation mobile services. Photo: Bloomberg

    China 5G battle set to begin in earnest

    - Jul 18, 2019 12:58pm
    China has been stepping up efforts on the 5G front as it seeks to be among the first in the world in rollout of the next-generation mobile services that could open up many new applications. A...
  • Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu beat four other contenders to win the Opposition KMT’s nomination for Taiwan's 2020 presidential contest. Photo: Reuters

    Han Kuo-yu wins KMT nomination for Taiwan presidential election

    Jul 15, 2019 4:00pm
    Han Kuo-yu on Monday won the opposition KMT’s nomination for Taiwan’s 2020 presidential election, setting the stage for an intense battle with Tsai Ing-wen, the island’s incumbent leader, in the upcoming contest. Han, who is the...
  • After taking the reins of the Chinese Communist Party in 2012, Xi Jinping has steadily consolidated his power through various means, including by rewriting party rules. Photo: Bloomberg

    How strong is Xi Jinping really?

    - Jul 15, 2019 3:05pm
    China’s leader Xi Jinping appears to be in an unassailable position, with his name and his “thought” having been enshrined in the Communist Party constitution in October 2017 and the state constitution in 2018. Term limits...
  • China's GDP growth has slowed but other economic indicators have surpassed market expectations. Photo: Reuters

    China Q2 GDP growth at 6.2% on year, weakest in 27 years

    Jul 15, 2019 11:10am
    China’s economic growth slowed to the weakest pace in at least 27 years as demand at home and abroad cooled in the face of a bruising trade war with the United States, data showed on Monday....
  • Protesters hold umbrellas inside a mall as they face the riot police after a march in Sha Tin on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    Tens of thousands join anti-extradition march in Sha Tin

    Jul 15, 2019 9:29am
    Tens of thousands took part in a march in Sha Tin town in Hong Hong’s New Territories on Sunday, the latest in a series of protests related to the government’s extradition bill fiasco. Calling on the...
  • Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaks to media at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    Taiwan’s Tsai in US after warning of ‘overseas forces’

    Jul 12, 2019 8:55am
    Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen arrived in the United States on Thursday on a trip that has angered Beijing, warning that democracy must be defended and that the island faced threats from “overseas forces” in a veiled...
  • A volunteer checks whether garbage is properly sorted at a refuse collection point in Shanghai.  Photo: Xinhua

    Sorting garbage a headache for Shanghai residents

    - Jul 10, 2019 9:01am
    Shanghai has introduced mandatory garbage sorting, effective July 1.  It aims to emulate the success of similar policies in Japan and Sweden. Household waste in the city now has to be sorted into four categories: wet garbage,...
  • No matter how wealthy one has become, there won’t be a real sense of security without press freedom and  proper checks and balances. Photo: AFP

    A child molestation scandal grips Shanghai

    - Jul 9, 2019 8:46am
    Wang Zhenhua, the chairman of real estate group Future Land Development (01030.HK), was detained in Shanghai on suspicion of child molestation. According to reports, a middleman took two girls, aged 9 and 12, to a five-star hotel...
  • Vice President Wang Qishan speaks at the World Peace Forum at Tsinghua University in Beijing on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    World cannot shut China out, Vice President Wang says

    Jul 9, 2019 7:31am
    China and the rest of the world must co-exist, Vice President Wang Qishan said, in an indirect jab at the United States, Reuters reports. Top representatives of the world’s two biggest economies are trying to resume...
  • Kuomintang officials urge the people to oppose amendments to the Referendum Act in a rally in Taipei on Sunday. Photo: Internet

    Taiwan’s Kuomintang leads fight against referendum law revision

    Jul 8, 2019 2:19pm
    Tens of thousands of people staged a protest in Taipei on Sunday afternoon, expressing strong dissatisfaction with the amendments to the Referendum Act. The massive rally, which was held in front of the Presidential Office Building...
  • China's ambassador to Britain Liu Xiaoming appears on BBC TV's The Andrew Marr Show in London on Sunday. Photo: BBC Handout via Reuters

    China envoy laments ‘Cold War mentality’ over HK protests

    Jul 8, 2019 9:36am
    China is not interested in a diplomatic war with Britain but rejects the “Cold War mentality” it has seen from some British politicians over Hong Kong, China’s ambassador to London said on Sunday. China and Britain...
  • Chief Executive Carrie Lam wants a closed-door meeting, but a student union says it should be open to everyone. Photo: Reuters

    Carrie Lam seeks meeting with students after mass protests

    Jul 5, 2019 9:13am
    Chief Executive Carrie Lam has asked to meet with the city’s university students, her office said on Thursday evening, as the embattled leader tries to fend off pressure from a month-long political crisis. Protesters stormed the...
  • A deal signed by Hong Kong and Chinese regulators on Wednesday will go some way in resolving issues pertaining to access of audit papers of mainland Chinese firms. Photo: Bloomberg

    HK, China regulators ink deal on accessing Chinese audit papers

    Jul 4, 2019 9:15am
    Hong Kong’s securities regulator will be able to see audit working papers when investigating mainland China-based companies, after it signed an agreement with Chinese authorities on Wednesday, Reuters reports. Under the deal, the Securities and Futures...
  • Anti-extradition bill protesters break into the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong on July 1. China has termed the violence as an ‘undisguised challenge’ to its rule. Photo: Reuters

    Conflicts could hurt Hong Kong economy, People’s Daily warns

    Jul 3, 2019 9:30am
    Confrontations and outbreaks of lawlessness in Hong Kong could damage the city’s reputation as an international business hub and seriously hurt its economy, China’s People’s Daily warned on Wednesday. “It is not surprising there are some...
  • Andrew Leung, president of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council, looks at damaged glass panels on Tuesday, a day after protesters broke into the council building and went on a rampage. Photo: Reuters

    HK protesters trampled rule of law, Beijing says

    Jul 2, 2019 5:31pm
    China condemned violent protests in Hong Kong as an “undisguised challenge” to the formula under which the city is ruled, saying illegal actions that trample on the rule of law cannot be tolerated. “Seriously violating the...
  • Taiwan's leader Tsa Ing-wen will be spending as many as four nights in the US when she travels to some Caribbean nations this month. Photo: Reuters

    Taiwan’s Tsai plans longer US transit stops during July trip

    Jul 2, 2019 9:31am
    Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will spend four nights in the United States in July while visiting Caribbean diplomatic allies, her government said on Monday, angering China, which urged Washington not to allow her to visit, Reuters...
  • The trade war between the United States and China has gone beyond tariffs. Photo: Reuters

    Tech wars, not trade wars

    - Jun 28, 2019 5:46pm
    Technology is quickly becoming the most significant area of competition in the US-China rivalry. How the tech war interacts with the ongoing trade dispute is the key question. Will a trade deal settle the issue in...
  • Chinese smartphone maker OPPO announced in April it has become the first official smartphone partner of The Championships, Wimbledon. Photo: AELTC

    Is data surveillance a motive for China’s sports sponsorship?

    - Jun 28, 2019 4:17pm
    Although the latest Grand Slam tennis tournament at Wimbledon is now upon us, it seems unlikely that Chinese players will be prominent during the coming weeks. Currently, the country has no ranked players in the men’s...
  • A file picture shows US President Donald Trump and China’s Xi Jinping shaking hands after issuing joint statements in Beijing in 2017. The two leaders are now preparing to meet at the G20 summit in Osaka later this week. Photo: Reuters

    Why we can be optimistic about the Xi-Trump meeting

    - Jun 26, 2019 4:44pm
    Markets are eagerly awaiting the Trump-Xi meeting that will take place at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan this week. While there is plenty of skepticism about the talks yielding a breakthrough in the trade dispute,...
  • Amid a battle over an extradition bill, Hong Kong saw vigorous campaigns, as well as misinformation and rumors, on social media. Photo: Reuters

    Curbing the spread of misinformation online

    - Jun 25, 2019 4:03pm
    Hong Kong’s extradition bill protests that made headlines around the world in the past two weeks were driven in large part by social media campaigns, with thousands taking to the internet to exhort fellow citizens to...

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